Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions At Screenings

Here are some specific questions related to the film that people sometimes ask:

Q: What can I do to help?
A: We really need to raise awareness of this issue and there are many things you can do: 

  • Help get more screenings of this film. Introduce us to your local hospital, church, college or other venue.
  • Join our email list to keep updated and give us your suggestions! We have feedback forms here, please fill them in and give them back to us before you leave today.
  • Follow us on social media and share the trailer and other news about organ harvesting with your friends
  • We have petition postcards here that you can sign and mail to the U.S. State Department. 

A: Why did you make this film?
Q: The filmmakers wanted to expose the crime of organ harvesting and investigate why so few people have been paying attention. 

You can refer to the statement from Swoop Films producer, Kay Rubacek and director, Ken Stone on page 2 and 4 of the "Hard To Believe" booklet here.

Q: What were some of the challenges making the film?
A: A big challenge is the sensitive nature of the topic. Many people are scared to go on camera about it because they are afraid of losing business deals, visas to China or other benefits. We hope that people like Enver Tohti and others in the film will encourage more people to be brave and step forward to speak out.

Q: How long did it take to make the film?
A: One and a half years to produce. It was completed in May 2015.

Q: Did you film in China? or How did you get the China footage?
A: It was too dangerous for us to film in China as the communist party still won’t allow access to media to cover the story. We used archive footage from China from various sources. We also had assistance for some China footage from an independent Chinese television network, New Tang Dynasty Television.

Q: Who was the director?
A: Ken Stone was the director, and also a producer of the film. He is a two-time Emmy Award winner from Minnesota with more than 20 years experience in American newsrooms.

Q: Who are the producers?
A: It was produced by Swoop Films, a New York film company, Stone Soup Productions, Ken Stone and Irene Silber.

Any other questions you aren’t sure how to answer… Tell them you will ask the producers and get back to them. Ask for their email address. Send us the question and we'll get back to you ASAP.


Other FAQs

Q: How should I represent myself when I introduce people to the film or organize a screening?
A: You should be yourself! You cannot represent the filmmakers, but you can introduce yourself as a local person who cares about this issue or is involved in exposing human rights abuses, or that you practice Falun Gong (if that is the case) - whatever is most natural for you. 

If you wish to take a more proactive role in representing the film in your area, contact us and we can consider you to be a local representative for "Hard To Believe".

Q: What is the difference between a community screening license and an educational license?
A: An educational license is for an institution, like a college or library, that can only be used by that organization. A community screening license is for an organizer who hosts screenings in different locations. 

Q: Do we need a community license and an educational license to show a film at a college or medical center?
A: No, you only need one license for any screening event. It is good to encourage your local college or hospital/medical center to purchase a license for the screening, but if you have a community license, it can be used to cover a screening at any location.

Q: What is the different between an unlimited community license and a one-time screening license?
A: A community screening license can be used by an organizer to screen any number of times at any venue. A one-time screening license is for one screening at one venue only.

Q: What if I want to host a screening but can't afford a license?
A:  No problem! Request sponsorship for the event and start organizing it! We will do our best to find a sponsor to cover the license fee for your screening

See the Materials Page for more promotional materials.